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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Surfers making waves on film

making waves on film [08jan06]

AFTER years of chasing waves around the state and the globe's wild coastlines, two local surfers decided to put their adventures on film.

Dustin Hollick and Jy Johanesson recently released Sections, a Tasmanian surfing DVD filmed on location in Tasmania, the Gold Coast, Sydney and in Indonesia.

Viewers get a magical "surfer's eye" view of what it is like to ride the waves, with stunning footage captured on cameras close to the monster waves.

Hollick, 27, and Johanesson, 22, filmed, produced and edited the DVD and they also feature in the film with other local surfers.

Hollick said it was the first surf DVD to come out of Tasmania.

"It's isolated here and we think this is a great way to showcase our talents," he said.

"We will keep putting local surfers on our videos to help kickstart their careers."

As well as surfing and a wipe-out section, the DVD features skating and motocross and its humour has a local flavour.

They filmed each other and friends on trips last year.

Hollick's interest in filming began while he was recovering from a broken foot last May and he is currently discussing a surfing lifestyle movie with Roar films.

The duo both work cleaning cars plus other jobs to fund their surfing projects and equipment and trip expenses.

Hollick has worked every day since returning from Indonesia in October.

"If you keep your nose to the grindstone it all works out," he said.

The DVD cost much more to produce than they will make from selling it but Hollick said making money wasn't the main goal of the project.

"It's something we love doing, we're passionate about surfing and compiling it was fun," he said.

"Any money from sales is a little bonus that will go towards a trip to Hawaii next month when I'll start filming the next movie."

After Hawaii, Hollick plans to head to Peru, Brazil, Chile and Indonesia where he will search for, meet and film the best surfers and waves he can find.

He said the surfing trips helped develop his surf skills.

A year in the making, Sections -- which screened at the Falls Festival -- is available from Red Herring stores.


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